World Cup Day 3: Balotelli Downs England

Christopher Lee

With James Milner an unused substitute, Joe Hart was the only City representative in tonight's game that saw England beaten 2-1 by Italy.

It was a former City player who would have the last word though with Mario Balotelli - who else - getting the winning goal after Daniel Sturridge had earlier cancelled out Claudio Marchisio's opener.

England had chances though and troubled Italy, and will rue missed opportunities, but for the pace and positivity of Raheem Sterling, Italy's superior composure won through.

For Hart, it was a largely quiet evening with him being rarely tested by the Italy attack and had no chance with either of the goals. He looked a touch shaky early on, spilling an early chance and one or two issues with distribution. There was one moment, late on, when he was completely foxed by Andrea Pirlo's long-range free kick.

England now face a crucial game against a Uruguay side who fell to a shock 3-1 defeat at the hands of Costa Rica.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Bitter and Blue

You must be a member of Bitter and Blue to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bitter and Blue. You should read them.

Join Bitter and Blue

You must be a member of Bitter and Blue to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Bitter and Blue. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9353_tracker